Spring is but a heartbeat away, and there's no better tradition to usher in the welcomed warmth than the University of Mary's 2014 Spring Band Concert. There'll definitely be something for everyone at this free public concert, to be held Sunday, March 23, at 3 p.m., in Our Lady of the Annunciation Chapel.
"We open with a contemporary fanfare by Jack Stamp entitled ‘Cheers!' . . . something we all want to shout as the long-awaited spring weather approaches," said Dennis Gowen, director of Bands and High Brass at Mary. One featured work on the program is Pangaea, by University of Mary student composer Jordan Boehm. "Jordan has taken a real, deep interest in composition during his time at Mary," added Gowen. "This new band work is well-conceived and powerful."
"Pangaea is a powerful representation of one of Earth's four super continents," Boehm said. "The piece creates a narrative that describes the creation of Pangaea, its majesty and beauty, and finally the continent's destruction as landmasses began traveling to form our current geography." The program will also include movements from "Carmen Symphony" by French composer Georges Bizet, recently transcribed for band by Donald Patterson. Movements from the ballet "Pineapple Poll" will also be performed. This music is taken from Arthur Sullivan's various operettas, and Sir Charles Mackerras composed the ballet suite once the copyright for Sullivan's music expired in 1951. Frank Ticheli's timeless "Shenandoah" will also be presented, offering rich harmonies supporting the well-known early 19th-century tune. Rounding out the program is the music of one of the best-known Argentinian composers of all time - Astor Piazzolla. Known as the "King of Tango," Piazzolla wrote "Oblivion" in 1982, and it became widely known shortly after when it appeared as one of the main themes in the 1984 film "Henry IV." Come enjoy the sounds of the Mary Concert Band on Sunday, March 23, in Our Lady of the Annunciation Chapel. This event is free and open to the public. Student Musicians: Ashlie Heck, Dickinson, ND Martina Parson, Circle Pines, MN Hailey Berg, Redfield, SD John Bisbee, Williston, ND Theresa Lensing, Postville, IA Greg Verbeke, Norwich, Connecticut Hannah Randklev, Minnetrista, MN Morgan Glines, Wahpeton, ND Sara Schuster, New Rockford, ND Mary Nye, Fair Oaks, CA Erin Henninger, Sequim, WA Nikkita Starr, Beulah, ND Brenden Jacobson, Bismarck, ND Reed Peterson, Dickinson, ND Chandler Hertz, Jamestown, ND Sadie Cochrane, LaMoure, ND Theresa Mack, Rugby, ND Jordan Boehm, Mandan, ND Marquita Marquez, Bismarck, ND Nathaniel Blake, Boise, ID Ben Porter, Bismarck, ND Kim Hendrick, Lockport, Illinois David Sorenson, Williston, ND Emily Long, Williston, ND James Taverna, Williston, ND Erika Morehead, Forest Lake, MN Daniel Bickler, Williston, ND Thomas Mortenson, Jamestown ND Morgan Rebenitsch, Mandan, ND Scott Jennings, Greenville, WI Kendall Frey-Thomas, Placerville, CA Bryan Dean, Bismarck, ND Jordan Bachman, Dickinson, ND Hank Hirchert, Bismarck, ND Samantha Breiland, Williston, ND Madeline Schueller, Pierre, SD Miranda Nickolauson, Bismarck, ND